Caldo Verde Portuguese Soup
It’s starting to get chilly outside. Extra layers of sweaters and snuggly scarves aren’t the only way to face the cold—a steaming bowl of soup is one of the best ways to warm up. Caldo Verde is a traditional Portuguese soup with potatoes, greens and sausage. It’s crazy good even in the summertime, but during the cold months it is particularly satisfying. This recipe for my grandmother’s version is easy enough for any college cook to manage.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
4 large potatoes
1 ½ teaspoons salt
8 cups of water
¼ cups olive oil
¼ teaspoon pepper
6 ounces chorizo sausage
½ pound kale, shredded
1.Peel the potatoes. Cut them into 1/4-inch thick round slices. Don’t worry about getting all the skin off when you peel the potatoes. Skin will give the soup a little extra flavor and texture.
2. Cook the potatoes in a large pot with salt and water until they are tender, about 30 minutes.
3. Mash the potatoes into bite-sized pieces. If you don’t have a potato masher, it’s also easy to do this with a spoon.
4. Stir in the olive oil and pepper.
5. Prick holes the sausages with a fork, and add them to the pot.
6. Let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes.
7. Remove the sausages. Cut them into bite-sized slices then return them to the pot.
8. Add the kale and let simmer for 3 to 4 more minutes.
9. Serve immediately.